News & Announcements

NEW!!! The GCA is looking for volunteers for: 

Interested but not sure what is involved? Reach out to GCA.contact@gmail.com for more information.

Posted June 12.2024

UPDATE!!! CHILDRENS CHRISTMAS CRAFT SALE 2023

Glenayre, YOU make a difference!!

We are thrilled to announce that our neighbourhood raised an impressive $985.40 for charity at the Glenayre Children’s Christmas Craft Fair last winter through the sales of the crafts all made and donated by our Glenayre residents and purchased by the schoolchildren as gifts for their loved ones for the holidays. Thanks to your wonderful generosity we donated all of these proceeds to Tri City local charity Crossroads Hospice Society.

Darcy Kowalchuk, from our GCA Board of Directors, had the heartwarming honor of handing over the cheque to Veronica Brown, Director of Philanthropy, who accepted it on behalf of Crossroads Hospice. This donation will go a long way in supporting their incredible work in our community and everyone at Crossroads is so pleased! Such a great group of caring and warm people they have working at that organization.

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed and participated. Together, we are making a difference! Posted June 12.2024

UPDATE: THE GLENAYRE FAMILY PICNIC IS JULY 6, 2024!!

We are excited to invite GCA Members of all ages to the Glenayre Family Picnic at Art Wilkinson Park on July 6th, 11am to 3pm.

Featuring BBQ hot dogs with all the fixin’s, plus ice cream, cotton candy and popcorn! Expect lots of fun family activities including: Live Band, Watermelon Eating Contest, Giant Jenga, Water Games, Tug of War, Balloon Artist, Face Painting!

Please bring your own blankets, coolers, chairs, refreshments, and food if you have dietary

restrictions. Water dispensers will be available on site to refill water bottles. Come join the summer fun!

If you’re interested in helping at this event please contact us at GCA.contact@gmail.com         POSTED: April 18.2024

NEW!!! Trail etiquette & being good wildlife neighbours...

Out on neighbourhood and Burnaby Mountain Trails this summer? Thank you for sharing the trails safely and respectfully by:

NEW!!! GCA Scholarship 2024 WINNER!!

Congratulations to Tamsin Ogden, the well-deserving recipient of this year's Glenayre Scholarship. A longtime resident of Glenayre since her toddler years, she is now set to graduate with Honours from Charles Best Secondary School. With a strong passion for social justice and human rights, Tamsin plans to pursue a degree in Social Sciences at the University of Victoria and has future sights set on Law School. 

Thank you for your commitment to serving the community, Tamsin. We wish you every success in your future! 

POSTED: June 6.2024

GO BY BIKE Week - Pop-Up Event - location of St +Johns Multi-Use Pathway (MUP) at St Johns Street and Kyle Street - details at https://calendar.portmoody.ca/default/Detail/2024-06-06-1200-Go-By-Bike-Event-on-the-MUP   

Posted May 31.2024










POSTED: Apr 26.2024

GCA June 2024 Newsletter - is now available - click on link!     Posted June 12.2024

Port Moody Events Newsletter - June 2024 is now available - click on link! This newsletter will be published every 2nd month starting with the Jul/Aug 2024 issue.          Posted May 30.2024

1st GLENAYRE SCOUTS BOTTLE DRIVE is on May 25, 2024

Please click on link for pick up and drop off details: 1st Glenayre Scouts Bottle Drive information 

1st Glenayre Scouts are proud to cover all programming fees through grants and fundraising, ensuring that Scouting is accessible to all families!  Bottle Drives are a key part of their fundraising program. 

Thank you for your support!                 POSTED: May 18.2024

GCA EXECUTIVE MEMBERS NEEDED = POSITION FILLED!

Thanks to Cindy Boucher for volunteering her time as a Member-at-Large on the GCA Executive!

To see the current GCA Executive and the many Glenayre neighbourhood volunteers who contribute to our community, please see the GCA CONTACT US page POSTED: May 18.2024 

GCA May 2024 Newsletter is now available - click on link!                                     Posted May 21.2024

Port Moody Events Newsletter - May 2024 is now available - click on link!   Posted May 1.2024

NEW!!! 

Watering restrictions are now in effect in Port Moody


For more information, please see 

CoPM LAWN WATERING RESTRICTIONS 

POSTED April 30.24

REMINDER!! AVOID ATTRACTING BEARS & BEAR ENCOUNTERS

Preventing conflict with bears is a community responsibility. The best way to keep both people and bears safe is to manage attractants. Please see the link Bear Essentials for some tips to get you started

If you see a bear in your neighbourhood or park, report it to the B.C. Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277. This maps bear encounters, which is essential in education and enforcement efforts before an animal becomes dependent on human-supplied sources of food.

For information on how to minimize adverse human-bear interactions, please email Environmental Services.

POSTED April 2.24

AILSA SPRAY PARK UPDATE!!

The CoPM is pleased to advise that our Spray Park will be “ready for the May long weekend” and this means a summer of splashing fun! Upgrades include a new natural play area is to be built south of the existing splash pad. This addition will include a water pump, a trough, a weir, and a sand table, all surrounded by wooden logs and boulders for a natural feel. Within the splash pad area, two underground sprays will be upgraded to new, aboveground features. 

Please note the location and configuration is slightly altered due to the riparian setback with Stoney Creek. Riparian setbacks are guidelines or bylaws specifying the distance required between the water and development. Riparian zones, or areas, are lands that occur along the edges of rivers, streams, lakes, and other water bodies

The added features to the existing park and new expansion look to be amazing for our little Griffins!               POSTED April 2.2024

The Glenayre Neighbourhood Walking Group starts May 6.24!!

Thanks to all those who responded to our inquiries about starting a Neighbourhood Walking Group for Glenayre. After hearing your positive feedback we are excited to announce we are going ahead with the idea. Anyone wanting to get out once a week for a social evening walk with other active neighbours, please join us!

Mondays, starting May 6 throughout May and June. Meet at the covered entryway to Glenayre Community Centre at 6:55pm for a quick stretch. Walkers will leave promptly at 7pm. Hope to see you there rain or shine!                                 POSTED: April 17.2024

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With Spring just around the corner and knowing there has been interest from many of our residents to set up an organized adults-only Glenayre neighbourhood walking group, your GCA is looking to help get this off the ground starting with asking for your feedback to some questions:

1) Please contact Darcy Kowalchuk at darcyk@myglenayre.ca if you are interested in participating in this group.

2) If this program was to run April through June (approx. 13 weeks), what’s your preferred weekday evening for a one hour walk starting 7pm. (Glenayre Community Centre would be the meet up spot)

3) Would you like to put your hand up to be a Volunteer Activity Host who will commit to leading the walking group on the decided day of the week?

4) Would you be open to paying a small signup fee of $2/week x approx. 13 wks to cover the administration/registration costs of running such a program?

If you’re keen to host please reach out to Darcy at darcyk@myglenayre.ca expressing your interest so we can follow up. This would be a great opportunity for adults of all ages to get out for some exercise and social time TOGETHER!

Questions? Reach out to Darcy at darcyk@myglenayre.ca                                          POSTED: March 9.2024         

GCA Scholarship 2024 applications close on April 28.24 @ 11:59 PM

Grade 12 students living in the Glenayre neighbourhood and planning for post-secondary education are eligible to apply for the 2024 Glenayre Scholarship. The award provides $1,000 to one deserving student. The most important criterion for this scholarship is service to your community through volunteer work.

So, how many driveways did you clear for your neighbours during our record snowfalls? Are you helping out at the Easter Egg Hunt?  Did you volunteer to help at the Fireworks Show? Do you help deliver this newsletter to doorsteps each month? There are many ways to get involved, but time is running out to improve your chances!

Your scholarship application package must include:

(1) A resume highlighting volunteering history and community work within Glenayre and beyond; two letters of reference; 

(2) A written statement (max 500 words) OR online video presentation (max 5 mins, with URL provided) outlining your suitability for this award. 

Submit your scholarship application by the deadline of 11:59 PM on April 28, 2024, to gca.contact@gmail.com. Please reach out via this same email with any questions about the application process. POSTED: March 1.2024 

Port Moody City Wide Garage Sale Saturday, April 20, 2024!!

Please look for a list of participating households online at portmoody.ca/garagesale this Saturday!               

The City-Wide Garage Sale is a Port Moody tradition and a great way to ensure that items are being reused or repurposed to their fullest extent. Garage sales should start around 9am and you can decide how long they last. 

Register today to maximize your audience:

Please note that only Port Moody addresses are eligible to participate, and sales must be held on private property. You can register only one unit when filling out the registration form, as the CoPM is unable to accept general addresses for an entire complex or a group of units, or a range of addresses. 

Bargain hunters, mark your calendars for April 20 and look for a list of participating households online at portmoody.ca/garagesale after April 10, 2024.                                    POSTED: March 22, 2024

GCA April 2024 Newsletter is now available - click on link!                                       Posted April 8.2024

Port Moody Events Newsletter - April 2024 is now available - click on link!   Posted April 1.2024

ANNUAL GLENAYRE EASTER EGG HUNT

On Good Friday, March 29, 2024, your GCA hosted the Glenayre Annual Easter Egg Hunt with much success thanks to the huge turnout of families from our neighbourhood who continue to come out to this event year after year, rain or shine! Shoutouts go to those who volunteered to help, to all the young egg hunters who participated and to those kids who entered our colouring contest for extra prizes! We were impressed with all your efforts. To all those who took part in our 50/50 raffle, together we raised a jackpot of $440 with the lucky winner taking home half!! Thank you to McDonalds on Clarke & Tim Hortons on United Blvd for donating coffee and donuts to the crowd. Last but not least, special thanks to our presenting sponsor, Louisa Shaw Baker Real Estate, and our activity sponsor, Shaw Edwards Realty Group.

WELCOME SPRING!!

As animals become more active and migratory birds arrive back from sunny climes, it’s a time to celebrate and enjoy the wonderful natural areas that surround us. Don’t forget to secure (indoors) any attractants that could be tempting for wild animals. Human and pet food (and waste) left unsecured outdoors can lead to conflict, putting both wildlife and humans at risk.


You can give wild birds a helping hand and prevent disturbance to their nests by keeping pets on leashes in wild areas and staying on marked trails.


The C of PM promotes the Naturescape B.C. program and the integration of wildlife habitat on private property. Naturescaping focuses on the use of native plants. Native plants provide food and shelter for wildlife and are adapted to our local climate, soils, predators, pollinators, and diseases. Please see this LINK for more information about the C of PM's Naturescape Policy.

As you ready your gardens this spring, you may find this C of PM information helpful:

ANNUAL GLENAYRE EASTER EGG HUNT

Date: Friday, March 29 (Good Friday Stat Holiday), 10:30 am, at Art Wilkinson Park

Spring is here, and we are excited to announce the date for one of Glenayre's best-loved and most well-attended events of the year... the Annual Easter Egg Hunt!! Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the event starts and don’t forget to bring a basket for collecting your chocolate eggs! The hunt is for kids aged 0 to 10 years old.


Our 50/50 Draw was a big hit last year, so is returning. Those aged 19+ can participate. Tickets are three for $5.00, with potential winnings of $250.00 or more! So rub that lucky rabbit’s foot or find a four-leaf clover, and bring some extra cash.


We will be kicking off our 2024 Membership Drive at the event. Memberships can be purchased electronically via our card reader, with cash, or a cheque for $25.00 payable to Glenayre Community Association. You can also submit your dues through this website at https://www.myglenayre.ca/contribute-2024-dues 


Please bring your own mug to the event for coffee or hot chocolate. Please help us reduce waste and our environmental footprint by bringing your own refillable mug to the event. Coffee, hot chocolate and snacks will be available.  

Easter Colouring Contest

Kids aged 0 to 10 can colour this Easter colouring page which is also on the front page of the newsletter or you can make a photocopy and bring it to the Easter Egg Hunt to be entered in a prize draw.

Volunteers Needed!!

Like all GCA events, we can’t make this Easter Egg Hunt event happen without volunteer participation.

Graduating high school students, this is your chance to accumulate valuable volunteer hours! To sign up to help with the Easter Egg Hunt, please contact the executive via gca.contact@gmail.com by March 12 to indicate your availability. POSTED: March 1.2024 

1st GLENAYRE SCOUTS BOTTLE DRIVE is on March 16, 2024

Please click on link for pick up and drop off details: 1st Glenayre Scouts Bottle Drive information 

1st Glenayre Scouts are proud to cover all programming fees through grants and fundraising, ensuring that Scouting is accessible to all families!  Bottle Drives are a key part of their fundraising program. 

Thank you for your support!                 POSTED: March 11.2024

GCA March 2024 Newsletter is now available - click on link!                                     Posted March 1.2024

Port Moody Events Newsletter - March 2024 is now available - click on link! Posted March 1.2024

Shape the Future of the Port Moody Public Library

The Port Moody Public Library is planning for the future and needs your help telling  them what is important to you! This will help shape the library plans for the upcoming years. Your responses are confidential and anonymous. This survey should only take approximately 5 minutes to complete and will remain open until Monday, March 11. 

Survey link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/pomolibrary  POSTED: March 1.2024 

City of Port Moody SPRING REGISTRATION starts February 27, 2024 

Check out the various programs offered for children, adults and seniors at this LINK - pickleball classes, anyone?

POSTED: February 26.2024 

Check out the Taste of the Tri-Cities! 

This annual food and drink festival is designed to highlight the amazing restaurants, eateries, pubs, breweries, distilleries and cafes in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.  Check out the offerings at this  LINK  - event ends March 10!

GCA is creating a Tool Chest and needs your help!

Your GCA is putting together a Tool Chest for frequently used items that can be accessed easily for event setups like the Easter Egg Hunt, Fireworks Show, Christmas Craft Fairs and the like. We are looking for donations for hammers, scissors, duct tape, clear tape, and work gloves. Feel free to contact us at GCA.contact@gmail.com if you can help and we will arrange pickup. 

Thanks kindly for your support!

GCA February 2024 Newsletter  - is now available - please click on link! 

Port Moody Events Newsletter - FEB 2024 is now available - click on link!   Posted February 1.2024

Explore new fun activities in the New Year - Port Moody has locations!

DINE OUT VANCOUVER FESTIVAL 

Check out Dine Out Vancouver restaurant listings and search by neighbourhood! *Festival ends on February 4, 2024*


The 14th Annual Hot Chocolate Festival 

Check out the 14th Annual Hot Chocolate Festival and use their virtual map!     *Festival ends on February 14, 2024*


Port Moody Events Newsletter - JAN 2024 - this newsletter is created by Port Moody resident Cathy Nichols for the Over 50s Club in her Port Moody neighbourhood of Newport Village. It is full of interesting activities - please take a look!

GCA student volunteer opportunity

The GCA is seeking a responsible Grade 11/12 student volunteer capable of working to deadline to assist with newsletter proofreading and production. Time commitment 2-4 hours per month. Training provided. For more information please email a one paragraph (max 100 words) expression of interest and suitability by February 2, 2024 to: levansogden@myglenayre.ca 


GCA January 2024 Newsletter is now available - click on link to see our new format!  Posted January 17.2024

Port Moody Events Newsletter - Jan 2024 is now available - click on link Posted January 9.2024

Want a say in city planning?
Engage Port Moody is the online public engagement hub for learning about current plans and projects, sharing your ideas, and providing feedback. Register at engage.portmoody.ca aand opt in to receive email communications if you wish –  budget consultation opens for input in January 2024.

Interested in Port Moody's Urban Forest Management Strategy?
Trees help cleanse the air, manage rainwater, provide wildlife habitat, stabilize soil, store carbon, and contribute to positive mental health and stress reduction, to name just a few of their benefits. Visit portmoody.ca/ufms to learn more about Port Moody’s Urban Forest Management Strategy.

PORT MOODY FIREFIGHTERS LOCAL 2399 

TREE CHIPPING

Saturday, January 6, 2024 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sunday, January 7, 2024 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Inlet Centre Fire Hall - 150 Newport Drive, Port Moody, B.C.

Donate to help burn survivors at the 19th Annual Port Moody Firefighters’ Tree Chip. Trees are accepted for chipping and disposal by donation, with all funds raised going to the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund, supporting burn survivors since 1978. This is a drive-through event which also offers fun activities such as truck tours and demonstrations that showcase the dangers of a dry tree. Coffee and hot chocolate will be available. If you would like to make use of their tree pick-up service, please email burnfund2399@gmail.com 

1st GLENAYRE SCOUTS BOTTLE DRIVE - January 6, 2024:

The Scouts will be coming around collecting your recyclables on Saturday, January 6:

For information, reminders and updates, please see:

NEWS Archive 2023

Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas Glenayre! 

As 2023 nears to an end, we just have to watch the news for reminders as to why we are so lucky to live in Canada. I am sure you will all join the GCA Executive in wishing for Peace all over the world in 2024. 

These are also times of financial hardship for many, not just globally but right here in Port Moody as well. Please support our local food bank SHARE this holiday. Cash donations are welcome, and they allow the charity to channel support where it is needed most. 

Please go to https://sharesociety.ca/donate-to-share to donate now.

On behalf of all Glenayre Community Association members, we wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

May 2024 ring in a year of Peace, Prosperity, and Happiness for all!

UPDATE: The Holiday Lights of Glenayre 2023

The annual Holiday Decoration Contest judging will be on the weekend of December 17

In addition to bragging rights and having the prestigious “winners lawn sign” proudly displayed in front of your home for all your neighbours and guests to see, you’ll also receive a $50.00 cash prize!

Let's get our NEIGHBOURHOOD HOLIDAY GLOW on!!

If you haven’t yet taken a walk or a slow drive through the streets of Glenayre to check out all the festive light displays, we hope you find some time to do so over the Christmas break! 

While you’re at it be sure to check out the Winner and the Runner Ups of our 2023 Holiday Lighting Contest. With so many decked out homes it was a tough decision, but we are happy to announce the accolades this year go to Max and Arlene Kean at 645 Garrow Drive! 

Second place goes to 955 Caithness Drive. 

Tied for third place are 826 and 958 Dundonald Drive. 

Congratulations to all! Thank you for your part in making Glenayre sparkle and for adding light to our longest nights of the year!

AND THE WINNER IS.... 645 GARROW DRIVE !!!

FRAUD PREVENTION WORKSHOP

Save the date! On Saturday, December 9 at 10 AM, your GCA, in conjunction with Port Moody’s finest, will be hosting a Fraud Prevention Workshop.  Please come to the Glenayre Community Centre for a one-hour Presentation and Q&A Period.  This is a great opportunity to learn about the latest tactics used by scammers and how to protect yourself and your family from fraud & identity theft.  

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!! Calling all Grads, if you would like to help volunteer to set up or tear down after the Workshop, please contact us at GCA.contact@gmail.com 

CHILDRENS CHRISTMAS CRAFT SALE

The annual Children’s Christmas Craft Fair at École Glenayre Elementary School is fast approaching, and we are still in need of VOLUNTEERS and many more CRAFT DONATIONS.   This is a closed event only for students at Glenayre Elementary.


We are hoping that each student will be able to purchase two crafts each, which means we will need 700 crafts.  Crafts can be simple, or store bought and can be dropped off at the office.  If you are available to volunteer it would be greatly appreciated.

 

Volunteers are needed for the following times:

 

All crafts are $2.00, and proceeds will be donated to Crossroads Hospice in Port Moody.


LINK: Christmas Craft Sale HANDOUT 


Please contact Kelli Staples at kstaples@shaw.ca if you can share some of your time!

Santa's Christmas Ships

Christmas Boat Parade - Port Moody & North Shore

Dec 1 - Rocky Point Park Wharf and Port Moody.

For other dates and locations, please see Santa's Christmas Ship Schedule 2023 

The Santa Ships depart Reed Point Marina at 7pm and work their way to the destinations at 5 knot speed. Arrival times depends on travel distance from marina. 

In most cases 7:30 to 8 PM is arrival time.

Listen in on VHF channel 69!

École Glenayre Elementary School 

PURDYS CHOCOLATIER FUNDRAISER!!!


Order deadline is Nov 27, 2023

Order using this link:  https://fundraising.purdys.com/join.aspx/16793-108586


Profits from this fundraiser go to support school initiatives such as field trips, educational programs, tech support, sports programs, supplies and more 

for the students of École Glenayre Elementary School

Follow glenayrepac on Instagram for pickup details. 

Thank you! 

2023 GCA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

On November 2, 2023, the Glenayre Community Association had our Annual General Meeting in the Glenayre Community Centre. Highlights:

We still have two director openings to fill, one for VP and another for Secretary. You can sign up to join the GCA Executive at GCA.contact@gmail.com. The GCA Executive meets ten times a year and helps to facilitate the half dozen or so events we host each year. Not a lot of time is required but its very satisfying to give back to your community.

We would like to thank Sean Ogilvie, Last President, Mike Fricker, Past President, and Warren Lyne, Director at Large, 

for their contributions to the GCA Executive during the past few years.

GCA FUNDRAISING SUCCESS!

Our treasurer Mark had some great news for us again at the annual AGM. You raised just under $15,000 this year! We had just over 75% participation from our residents towards our annual dues. Thank you everyone for your support. The Me-n-Eds Pizza Night on the first Thursday of every month raised just over $346 and the Port Moody Liquor Store partnership raised over $2,700, up from $1,000 in 2022! This holiday if you are buying beverages for your guest or as a gift, please check out the Port Moody Liquor Store at 2929 St. Johns Street and simply tell them you are from Glenayre - and 5% of your purchase will be donated to our community association. Me-n-Eds Pizza donates 15% of any order, dine in, take out or delivery on the first Thursday of each month to the GCA. We also saw an increase in miscellaneous revenue which was predominantly derived from our generous event sponsors. Our fundraising revenue rose from $350 in 2022 to $1,750 in 2023.

It should be noted that our past treasurer warned the GCA Executive that the GCA would run out of funds to support our annual events and activities within the next two years. Well, two years on, not only do we have reserves in excess of $13,000, we have also paid in full for our new message boards which was a massive capital expenditure for our community. We should all be very proud of this accomplishment - a job well done, folks!

MESSAGE FROM THE GCA PAST PRESIDENT

I would like to thank the GCA Executive for all their hard work over the past two years. I never realised just how many people in our neighbourhood contribute so much anonymously. Although there is still work to do, I am proud of what the Executive achieved over the last two years. To name just a few accomplishments, we successfully advocated to preserve our park space for future generations. We righted the ship fiscally and we made great strides to strengthen our voice with the City.

We also initiated dialogue with the College Park Community Association so we can advocate more effectively with Port Moody City Hall for the benefit of the entire West Side. We brought new programming to our Community Centre and several improvements to our neighbourhood, such as the restoration of “Suicide Hill”. Several other projects are still in the works and soon to come. We increased our sense of community spirit and reinstated our cherished events after theywere interrupted by Covid. We had our logos digitally vectorized so they can put on apparel for fundraising or used to add branding to our future event supplies, like tents or banners. Our new message boards are providing a useful tool to communicate with and further engage our neighbourhood.

It’s been an honour to be your President and represent this great neighbourhood the last two years. We all recognize there are many changes on the horizon so I hope the GCA Executive will strive to preserve the form and character of this unique and very special neighbourhood for future generations.

Sincerely,  Sean Ogilvie

PORT MOODY FARMERS WINTER MARKET

Winter Hours and Dates
Every Sunday, 10 am – 2 pm
November – April


Location

Port Moody Recreation Complex
(300 Ioco Rd, Port Moody, BC)


https://makebakegrow.com/port-moody-winter-farmers-market/ 

DID YOU KNOW....

That the GCA CALENDAR on this website's HOME page lists upcoming community events - just click on any event for details! Easy to view on your phone!

1st GLENAYRE SCOUTS BOTTLE DRIVE

The Scouts will be coming around collecting your recyclables on Saturday, November 18For information, reminders and updates, please see https://www.glenayrescouts.org/bottle-drives or this GCA website calendar HOME page:

DID YOU KNOW.... our neighbourhood's garbage and recycling schedule may change when a statuatory holiday lands on our usual pick up days. To confirm when to put out your bins so you're not chasing the trucks, please see City of Port Moody Garbage & Recycling Schedule and you can request weekly reminders on this page to your email, mobile phone or landline!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY - ASAP!! = position filled - thank you!

We are looking for a new newsletter delivery person ASAP for upper (east) Culzean. This is a short route with about 24 homes.  If you are able to help deliver the newsletter for this route, please contact us at GCA.contact@gmail.com 

LEST WE FORGET:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

 

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie,

In Flanders fields.

 

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

By John McCrae

The GCA encourages everyone to pay your respects to the men and women who serve in our Military and to all the First Responders who we rely on every day.  The Port Moody Legion honours our veterans and their families on Remembrance Day. Over 500 Cadets, Scouts, Girl Guides and Brownies join the Colour Party, Veterans, Legion members and First Responders to participate in a parade that ends at the cenotaph for the official act of remembrance and two-minute silence, followed by the laying of the wreaths:


10:00 AM -  Interdenominational Service at the Port Moody Legion -  2529 Clarke Street - all are welcome 


10:35 AM - Parade steps off from Port Moody Legion -  route: 

- South on Kyle Street

- East on St Johns Street

- North on Grant Street

- West on Clarke Street to Port Moody Legion to the cenotaph on Spring Street


11:00 AM - Remembrance Day Service - wreath laying at cenotaph on Spring Street 


Port Moody Legion will be open after service: 

- Hot dogs for kids who marched in the parade on Spring Street

- After the service, exciting entertainment in the lounge into the evening!

Details available at City of Port Moody Events website.

WHAT A GREAT HALLOWEEN!

Big thanks to Celebration Fireworks and the Port Moody Police for supporting this event. We had several people comment on how nice it was to have the road adjacent to the main viewing area blocked of to local traffic only so thank you to Constable Sam Zacharias of the Port Moody police for that.

Our apologies if anyone was startled by the Grand Finale - we received overwhelmingly positive feedback for the show this year. We raised over $260.00 at our donation table. We think this has much more revenue potential so we will try and improve our on-site signage next year. The number of trick or treaters this year was way up, and we noticed a steady stream of cars from the school to the firehall for a good half hour after the fireworks leaving Glenayre. Some homes recorded up to 670 trick or treaters. Thank you everyone for your generosity and hospitality. Glenayre is a great place to trick or treat with all the nice decorations and overwhelming participation, and on that note…

HALLOWEEN DECORATING CONTEST 2023!!!

CONGRATULATIONS to Brenda & Jim Cox and Heather Spiers 

for their wonderful display at 902 Dundonald Drive!  

The Coxs’ have generously asked that we donate their $50 prize back to the GCA. 

We would like to make an honorable mention to 943 Dundonald, 945 Glencoe and 517 Ailsa for their wonderful displays.  

Thank you all who participated!

FALL CRAFT SALE/ FOOD DRIVE WAS A SUCCESS!!

The GCA Executive would like to thank Nadine for her leadership in organizing our 2nd Annual Fall Craft Sale. This year’s event was for crafts only and the tables SOLD OUT! Our 2nd Annual Fall Craft Sale and Food Drive netted 130 lbs. of food for the Food Bank. The quality of crafts at the sale was very impressive! We had over 16 different varieties of items to buy. If you could not make it this year, be sure not to miss this shopping bonanza in 2024.


 Please send photos from this event to GCA.contact@gmail.com for our website - thanks!!

2023 BUSINESS PARTNERS

Our second year partnering with the Port Moody Liquor Store was a huge success!  By shopping with them and letting them know you are from Glenayre, you helped raise just over $2,700. Please continue to shop at the Port Moody Liquor Store. Aside from supporting our neighbourhood and giving back 5% of your purchase to the GCA, they have a great selection, competitive prices and friendly helpful staff.  We really appreciate their support. (2929 St John's Street, next to 7-11)

In the last year you raised $130 from the Me-n-Ed’s Pizza Night.  This is down from last year so we want to remind you that delivery, take out or dine in count.  Me-n-Ed’s gives 20% of orders made on the 1st Thursday of each month to the GCA.  Just tell them you are a resident of Glenayre when placing your order.  (1121 Austin Ave. PH: 604.931.2468)

GCA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) for 2023-2024

The GCA annual AGM is on Thursday, November 2, 2023 at 8 PM at the Glenayre Community Centre. It would be great to see you all you all at the meeting to learn what the GCA Executive has been up to and share any ideas you may have for events or action items we should consider for next year.  One event we plan to reinstate for 2023 is the “Kids’ Christmas Craft Fair”.  We welcome your ideas of activities we should have and what would be the best time to hold the event so as many residences as possible can participate.   

We have three vacancies on the GCA Executive for 2024 and we encourage you to consider getting involved. Our President's maximum two-year term comes to an end, and due to promotions with their demanding day jobs, we also need a new Secretary and one more Director at Large. It is rewarding to give back to this great neighbourhood! The GCA Executive meets once a month for less than 2 hours in the evening and you are not required to attend all of the year's activities, so the commitment is minimal and the rewards are great. If you cannot make the AGM we always welcome your feedback and suggestions at GCA.contact@gmail.com  

HALLOWEEN DECORATING CONTEST 2023!!!

Your GCA Executive will be doing the judging for the Second Annual Halloween Decoration contest on October 28 evening.  In addition to the coveted bragging rights, the winner will recieve a $50.00 cash prize!


HALLOWEEN FIREWORKS ARE A GO!!

The GCA is very happy to announce that the annual Halloween Fireworks Show will take place on Halloween night October 31, 2023, at the school at 8:00 PM. Last year's show was great! What a difference a year makes! Last year we were hoping for rain because it was still so dry and this year we are back to our normal hope for a dry night. Show goes on, rain or shine!


CALLING ALL GRADS - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

We are asking for adult volunteers for security and for grads to help with clean up for volunteer credits. If you are able to help out, you will need to bring a rake and a miner’s lamp/head lamp.  If you are interested to volunteer, please CONTACT US before the event so we can ensure we have adequate resources.

UPDATE: GCA 2023 MEMBERSHIP DRIVE 

A HUGE thanks to everyone who was able to pay their membership dues this year.  As of September 30, we collected just under $7,000 and we still have several more to add from October - well done everyone! Our Treasurer, Mark, will provide an overview of our 2023 fiscal year at the Annual General Meeting on Thursday, November 2 starting at 8 PM, in our Community Centre.  Thank you very much to everyone who contributed their $25 annual member dues! If you have not had a chance to contribute yet, please go to membership@myglenayre.ca to contribute your dues. All proceeds go to support the events and activities in Glenayre.  

LAWN WATERING RESTRICTIONS - STAGE 2

Effective August 4, 2023 to October 15, 2023:

For more details on RESIDENTIAL RESTRICTIONS at this time, see:

 METRO VANCOUVER WATER CONSERVATION PLAN 

2nd ANNUAL GLENAYRE FALL CRAFT SALE  October 14, 2023 

On Saturday, October 14, 2023, 10 AM to 2 PM, we are holding the 2nd Annual Fall Craft Sale and  Food Drive at the Glenayre Community Centre. There will be crafts by local artisans, refreshsments for all and treats for the kids. 

We will be collecting non-perishable food items for our local food bank SHARE in Port Moody.  You can make a cash donation by droppng off a cheque payable to "SHARE Family & Community Services". Cash donations are very useful as the Food Bank can allocate the funds where they are needed mist.


If you are not able to come to the Craft Sale to drop of a donation for the food bank, Save On Foods is holding a Thanksgiving Food Drive from September 9 to September 23 so you can make a donation or drop food items in the bin at their stores as well. 


CALLING ALL GRADS - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - if you are looking to earn volunteer hours, we need your help with setting up and/or taking down tables, etc. at the Craft Sale. If you are interested, please contact Nadine at rowatn@hotmail.com  

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!

Ever wonder why Canada's Thanksgiving is celebrated at a different time than the USA and other countries that celebrate this holiday? The main reason in choosing that date is that the harvest tends to arrive earlier here than it does in the USA. 

As the story goes, in 1578, English explorer Martin Frobisher and his crew gave thanks and Communion was observed either on land at Frobisher Bay, now present-day Nunavut, or onboard a ship anchored there. The exploreres dined on salt beef, biscuits, and mushy peas, and gave thanks for their safe arrival in what was then Newfoundland. This is now accepted as the first Canadian Thanksgiving, 43 years before the first American Thanksgiving.

48 years later, on November 14, 1606, inhabitants of New France, under Smauel de Champlain, held huge feast of thanksgiving between local Mi'kmaq people and the French inhabitants. The neighbouring Mi'kmaq likely introduced the French to cranberries, or as they called them, petit pommes rouges (little red apples). Though not known at the time by the settlers, cranberries, rich in vitamin C, are credited with helping avoid scurvy. 

GCA NEW SIGN BOARDS

We hope everyone likes the new sign boards at the two main entrances to Glenayre. The former sign boards were made by longtime Glenayre resident Keith T., and served our community well, and after many years the signboards needed to be replaced. A BIG THANK YOU to Mike F. and Kelli S. for initiating this renewal project and to everyone who contributed to our new signs during the procurement process. While the signs were expensive, the final cost was under budget and the leftover funds will go towards purchasing pre-made festive events signs that we can use throughout the year, such as our Annual easter Egg Hunt, and to purchase a storage box for the sign letters. Any remaining funds will return to the general revenue fund. 

These signs will service our community for many years to come -  a job well done, everyone!

1st GLENAYRE SCOUTS BOTTLE DRIVES 

Bottle Drives are going paperless, so you will no longer receive a paper flyer delivered to your home before each bottle drive. Watch for signs posts in our neighbourhood entrances the week before each bottle drive. For information, reminders and updates, please see https://www.glenayrescouts.org/bottle-drives or this GCA website calendar HOME page.

Questions? bottledrive@glenayrescouts.org       (posted September 11, 2023)

GCA E-NEWSLETTER NO LONGER BEING SENT OUT BY EMAIL (posted September 2, 2023)

The electronic version of the newsletter is being suspended due to a lack of demand for a paperless version. For everyone who has signed on to the GCA email list, you will still receive time-sensitive alerts and notifications such as program registration deadlines, security and safety matters and promotions in our neighbourhood. 

For those of you who have not signed up, we want to re-assure you that you should you sign up for the GCA email list, you will not be inundated with GCA spam. The GCA sent out less than a half dozen “E-blast” messages in the past year, and they are always relevant and time-sensitive to our neighbourhood. If you’re not signed up and wish to, please e-mail your name and home address to GCA.contact@gmail.com

Don’t forget to check us out on the Glenayre Facebook page at www.facebook.com/myglenayre and of course our GCA web site is full of useful information and links at www.myglenayre.ca. The GCA printed version newsletter is available on this website.

The GCA would like to thank Maria Venida for her excellent work on the electronic newsletter

and for continuing to manage our e-mail alerts and contacts.

THANK YOU the City of PoMo RECREATION (posted September 2, 2023)

The GCA would like to thank the CoPM Recreation team for bringing new activities to Glenayre for everyone on Port Moody’s west side. This summer there were two free introductory pickleball sessions  offered and this fall there will be Hatha Yoga sessions on Sunday evenings in our community centre.

These programs filled up very quickly. This is another reason for you to subscribe to the GCA e-mail list, join our Facebook page and check the “News” section on our web page (www.myglenayre.ca) so you can regularly  access information about activities and events that are announced after the GCA paper newsletter cut off or during the summer months when the GCA newsletter is on vacation. 

We are encouraging the CoPM to add more programs for you and your family, so if you want to participate in something but see the program is full, please sign on to their wait list. This will help support the CoPM Recreation team to add more sessions and related programs for us to enjoy. You can also reach out to the CoPM Recreation team with request or suggestions. 

To learn more about recreation in Port Moody, go to the “Recreation, Parks and Environment” section on the CoPM’s web page at www.portmoody.ca

THE GLENAYRE FAMILY PICNIC DAY WAS A SUCCESS!! (posted September 2, 2023)

The GCA was happy to support a group of local volunteers to hold the annual Glenayre Family Picnic again this past July. This event was absent for a few years and everyone was very happy to see it back. A fun time was had by all. There were hot dogs, pop corn, cotton candy andother treats for everyone to enjoy. Live music was courtesy of local musicians who helped to make the event even more festive. There were lots of fun activities and games such as the watermelon eating contest, relay races, face painting, balloons and tug of war. Big thanks to Love Realty for sponsoring the bubble machine and to Shaw Baker Realtors for another generous cash contribution towards the days’ activities. Congrats to all the volunteers for a job well done! Photos of this event are located on this website at this link: Glenayre in Photos 


REQUEST!! if you have Family Picnic Day photos to contribute to this page, please send to GCA.contact@myglenayre.com  

UPGRADES TO AILSA PARK & ART WILKINSON PARK (posted September 2, 2023)

As may of you know, the Ailsa Spray Park upgrades were delayed because the entire surface needed to be redone. The new surface was installed, and it looks great. Phase II is still planned to commence this Fall. It was delayed because the previous design infringed on the riparian setback for the creek. The new manager of CoPM Parks is meeting with the landscape architect to revise the plans so they can finally complete the spray park upgrades for next summer.

REMINDER: please keep your pets out of the Ailsa Spray Park as their claws may damage the surface. The new drinking fountain at the park will allow filling of drink bottles and we will provide a bowl for people to fill with water on hot days for their pets.


We would like to say a big THANK YOU to the CoPM Parks team for helping to restore the height of the toboggan hill in the Art Wilkinson Park. Several truck loads of dirt were added to the top, the sledding should be epic this winter!

NEW ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITY: Trail Network Plan (posted September 2, 2023)
The City of Port Moody is developing a trail network plan that will guide them as they manage trails and prioritize enhancements over the next 30 years. How do you use Port Moody’s trail network?  What do you like about it and what can be improved?  Share your thoughts with the CoPM! 

Join the CoPM at one of their on-trail pop-up information sessions (September 13 and 16, 2023) to learn more and have your say, or go to Engage Port Moody, their online public engagement hub, to fill out a community survey by October 4, 2023. The trail network plan will define a vision for the CoPM’s extensive trail network and provide clear and coordinated direction for long-term planning and management of these trails. Your input will inform the development of a draft plan for CoPM Council’s consideration. 

For more information, please visit the Trail Network Plan project page at engage.portmoody.ca 

REMINDER!!! City of PoMo Recreation - Fall Ice Sports Registration

Programs include group skating lessons, private lessons and hockey programs:

REMINDER!!! Check our our GCA Community Links page HERE

REMINDER: GCA 2023 MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

This is a gentle reminder for those who still would like to contribute their GCA 2023 Membership of $25, or $30 for associate or non-residents.  To pay your membership online via e-transfer, please use this email for the e-transfer: membership@myglenayre.ca.  If you prefer, you can drop off a cheque made out to the Glenayre Community Association at 485 Ailsa Avenue. For further details please go to  our web page at www.myglenayre.ca/contribute-2023-dues

We are looking for volunteers for September to finish up the GCA Membership Drive by door-knocking to help with our door-to-door collections after summer.  The door knocking is very important as we know from experience that residents who have not yet paid typically just forgot or have not gotten around to it, and gladly pay when you ask.  If you would like to volunteer with collecting member dues in September, please contact Nadine at rowatn@hotmail.com or GCA.contact@myglenayre.com  

UPDATE:  HATHA YOGA AT GLENAYRE COMMUNITY CENTRE

CLASS IS FULL - CLICK HERE for WAITLIST DETAILS & REGISTER!

The City of Port Moody is offering a hatha yoga series this fall in our neighbourhood! Hatha yoga combines rhythmic breathing, meditation, and flowing movement to create a balance between mind and body. You will build strength, flexibility and balance while toning the muscles of your body. This program runs Sep 24, 2023 -Dec 3, 2023 from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm. Registration starts Aug 1, 2023 - click  Hatha Yoga details  for more information.

Our GCA really pushed to get programming in our area so we encourage our residents to support this new initiative - we hope that if this program is well-attended we will see expanded programming that our residents and neighbours in the west side of PoMo can walk and cycle to.

Click HERE to see the other COPM program offerings for this fall.

SEEKING RIBFEST 2023 VOLUNTEERS FOR JULY 21-23!!

The Rotary Club of Port Moody is very excited to put on THE premiere event again this year: Ribfest at Rocky Point Park. It's happening on the weekend of July 21-23 with an expected 45,000 guests over the three days. It takes over 350 volunteers to put on this event and they have many volunteer positions available that span all areas of the event, such as: 


This is a direct link to all the positions, shift time & description in SignUpGenius. Please see Ribfest Volunteer Poster.

Port Moody Ribfest is a great family-friendly event that raises over $130,000 for the Rotary Club of Port Moody. This money is returned to the community through grants and bursaries to a variety of clubs, organizations and charities. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to get in touch with Club Volunteers @ volunteers@portmoodyrotary.ca 

Thank you for your consideration from the Rotary Club of Port Moody and the Ribfest Organizing Committee!

THE GLENAYRE FAMILY PICNIC IS BACK ON JULY 8, 2023!!

The GCA Executive is pleased to announce that with the support of local residents, the Family Picnic is back.  The picnic will be in the Art Wilkinson Park, Saturday, July 8, the week after Canada Day.  There will be BBQ hot dogs with all the fixin’s, sodas, ice cream, popcorn, fun games, activities and much more.  This event is for GCA members of all ages, the whole family is welcome!


Bring some chairs, blankets, and extra food if you have allergy concerns or want to have “special” beverages.  We still have some volunteer and sponsorship opportunities remaining so if you can help or you would like to contribute something to the picnic, please let us know by June 16.


We look forward to seeing everyone at the Art Wilkinson Park, Saturday, July 8 starting at 11 AM and runs through to 3 PM. 

GOLDEN SPIKE DAYS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED June 30 to July 3, 2023!!

Port Moody Golden Spike Days Society is currently looking for volunteers for this year’s festival.  Held June 30 to July 3, 2023.  Volunteers will receive free admission to the park including all events and services, access to our hospitality suite with a variety of food and beverages, a Golden Spike Days T-Shirt and a reference letter detailing how many hours you have worked, if needed.  If you are interested, sign up on their website goldenspike.ca/volunteer. 

30 May 2023: GCA Scholarship 2023 update!

Congratulations Cassidy Kowalchuk!  You have been selected by the GCA Executive as the 2023 SCHOLARSHIP WINNER to receive this year’s $1,000.00 post-secondary scholarship.  Thank you for your ongoing support of our neighbourhood.  Keep up the good work Cassidy! On behalf of your community, we wish you the very best with your future studies.  

A Letter from Engage Port Moody - We need your input! 

Get involved in Phase 2 engagement activities for Trees in Port Moody. The City of Port Moody is developing an Urban Forest Management Strategy and reviewing our Tree Protection Bylaw.  In Phase 2, underway now, we’re asking for feedback on the draft Urban Forest Management Strategy and on priorities for implementation. How should we manage and protect trees as our community evolves? Here’s how you can get involved in Phase 2 public engagement activities:


MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

We are halfway through our 2023 membership drive.  Membership for residents of Glenayre is $25 or $30 for associate or non-residents.  To pay online via e-transfer, send your membership dues to membership@myglenayre.ca.  For further details please go to  our web page at www.myglenayre.ca/contribute-2023-dues

We are looking for volunteers to help with our door-to-door collections after the summer.  The door knocking is very important. From experience the people who have not yet paid typically just forgot or have not gotten around to it and gladly pay when you ask.  If you would like to volunteer with collecting member dues in September, please contact Nadine at rowatn@hotmail.com or GCA.contact@myglenayre.com  


PLEASE SUPPORT OUR BUSINESS PARTNERS - see our local Port Moody Business Partners on this website!


TRY IT PROGRAM/ SUMMER AQUATICS

The GCA Executive is working with City of Port Moody staff to bring recreation activities to the Glenayre Community Centre but unfortunately there are not many opportunities in the west side of Port Moody that we can walk to.  There is a free introduction to Pickleball at the Art Wilkinson Park July 18 and August 22 from 10 to 11:30 AM.  Westhill pool is open daily starting June 19.   Registration for summer aquatics programs and swim lessons begins on June 13 - programs, and lessons are viewable online on Thursday, June 8 on the city of Port Moody Web site.  Celebrate the start of summer with the Westhill Family BBQ and Pool Party on Sun, July 9 from 1-4pm. $2 per person. Call “Recreation” at 604.469.4556 or go to portmoody.ca/recreation to learn more about these and other summer activities.

AILSA SPRAY PARK UPGRADES 

City staff has informed the GCA that they will finish phase two of the Spray Park upgrades in September, but the first phase has been resurfaced and is ready to use all summer.   Phase two will include the additional spray features and an expansion of the spray park area.

CLOSED: NEW GLENAYRE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY - thank you, Aishalyn Sayer!!

The new message boards at the entrances to Glenayre are being installed now.  Some of you may know the new signs have a “zip channel” letter system which will allow the GCA to create custom messages.   Now we need a sign manager to post and remove messages as required by the executive and post our monthly reminders such as Me-N-Eds pizza night on the first Thursday of every month.  If you would like to be the new message manager, please contact the GCA at GCA.contact@gmail.com for further information.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

Fathers Day is June 18!  Father's Day was first celebrated in Spokane, Washington on June 19, 1910. The holiday was later moved to the third Sunday in June.  To all the Dads, Uncles, Big Brothers and all the “father figures’ out there, Happy Fathers Day!

HAPPY CANADA DAY!

This year Canada Day falls on a Saturday so the stat holiday will be Monday July 3rd.  Canada’s age is counted since confederation in 1867, when it officially became a country. Happy 156th birthday Canada!

LAST NEWSLETTER UNTIL AFTER THE SUMMER BREAK

This is our last newsletter before the summer break.  Keep an eye on the NEW signs boards as you enter Glenayre and your website (MYGLENAYRE.CA) for updates and news over the summer. To join the mailing list so you are always informed about events and notifications, email contact.GCA@gmail.com with your address.  There is a paperless option now if you prefer too!


WISHING YOU ALL A VERY FUN & SAFE SUMMER! We'll see you in September!

30 May 2023: UPDATE - Our neighbourhood renewal project is COMPLETE!

The City of Port Moody granted approval for the Glenayre Community Association to replace our signboards and with the help of Paul Dunseith, a local resident who sourced a small excavator and dump trailer to help the GCA remove and dispose the old message boards from Glenayre, our new signs are here!

23 May 2023: Being Good Neighbours - Pets in Glenayre 

The GCA is providing a gentle reminder of the Port Moody By-Laws and good neighbour expectations for our community's dog regulations: 

Bylaw Enforcement - phone: 604-469-4697 or online bylaw complaint form
Bylaw Enforcement - After hours (Police) - phone: 604-461-3456

 THE GLENAYRE ELEMENTARY PAC NEEDS YOUR HELP

The Ecole Glenayre Elementary SPRING CARNIVAL will be on Thursday, June 1, 2023.  They are in need of SPONSORS!  Do you have a small business that might be able to sponsor one of the bouncy castles or carnival games?  Would you be able to donate to their raffle prizes?  Please reach out to the PAC if you can help.  They are happy to offer you the opportunity to advertise your business with a sign or a banner at the event.  Would you like to perform at the Spring Carnival? They are also looking for VOLUNTEER MUSICIANS!   Please reach out to PAC with any ideas you have at: glenayrepac@gmail.com

GCA Scholarship 2023 applications are now closed. Check back for updates!

Do you live in Glenayre? Are you graduating from high school in the spring of 2023? Do you plan to attend an accredited post-secondary institution? The GCA is continuing its scholarship tradition with a competition for up to $1,000.00 towards post-secondary education. The GCA Scholarship 2023 application process lays out the specific requirements. The application deadline is April 28 at 11:59 PM. Best of luck to all applicants!

22 Apr 2023:

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

Our 2023 Membership drive kicked of at the Easter Egg Hunt.  We have received over 60 memberships but with our target of 80% participation, we still have 339 more homes to go!  You can pay by cash or cheque and *new this year* you can “tap” to pay electronically.  2023 member dues are $25.00.  You can also pay your membership fees by e-transfer. Click on the CONTRIBUTE 2023 dues tab on the left column of this page.  We made it easier to do an e-transfer from your bank to the Glenayre Community Association:


If you would like to volunteer for membership collection, please contact Nadine at rowatn@hotmail.com


HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!

May 14 is Mother’s Day. Of course, the best gift for Mom on Mother’s Day is a big hug! Same goes for Mother-in-Laws, Stepmoms, Grandmothers or any woman who has helped to nurture and guide you through life.  If you’re not able to see her in person, then pick up the phone to tell her how much you appreciate and love her.  As a matter of fact, more phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year. After Christmas and Hanukkah, more people buy flowers and plants for their moms on Mother's Day than any other holiday but the most popular gift for Mother's Day is the greeting card.  Every Mother's Day there are approximately 152 million Mother's Day cards sent.   Another way to show Mom how much you appreciate everything she does is to give her a break. If dining out is on the menu, better get a reservation, Mother's Day is the busiest day of the year for restaurants. Another popular gift for Mom is a gift card for a salon or trip to the spa for some well-earned R&R. You do not have to make it fancy, make dinner as a family for Mom, have everyone take on some daily chores, bring Mom breakfast in bed. Don’t worry, whatever you decide, if it comes from the heart, she will love it.  

On behalf of the GCA, Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there!

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Our GCA has its very own Community Page on Facebook. Find us at https://www.facebook.com/myglenayre/ or through the Community Links tab on in the left side column and look for our our GCA logo.

Stay up to date and receive reminders on happenings in our neighborhood by giving our Page a Like and Follow. You'll be joining the 425+ others who have already done so!  We welcome you to be part of the conversation by commenting on our posts. You may also create your own post on this page via the “Post Tab” located on the navigation bar. As this is a Facebook "page" (not a Facebook "Group"), your post will go through a short approval process and so long as it meets guidelines it will be shared to the Page.  Standard guidelines include:

👍🏻Be Kind and Courteous          👍🏻No Hate Speech or Bullying         👍🏻No Promotions or Spam        👍🏻Respect Everyone's Privacy. 

2nd ANNUAL GLENAYRE FALL CRAFT SALE

Crafters: Save The Date Oct 14, 2023, for the 2nd Annual Glenayre Craft Sale to be held again at the Glenayre Community Center.  This year the event will be for crafts only.  More info and registration to follow in the next newsletter.   

 

WE NEED YOUR INPUT

Your GCA met with the City of Port Moody Recreation to see if there are opportunities to bring activities to our local community centre.  The City staff has asked us to reach out to you to assess what sort of programs you would be interested in.  The activities could be social like games or card night, recreational like a yoga class, or educational such as a self-defense course.  Please contact the  GCA at GCA.contact@gmail.com with events you would like to attend and which days & time of  day (day/evening)  you would be available.  The City needs to assess demand and ensure enough people are interested so they can commit the resources to make local neighborhood events a reality. You can see a sample of currently offered CoPM activities to see what captures your interest. If you want to be able to walk to activities within Glenayre, now is your chance to speak up.

MESSAGE BOARDS UPDATE

Some of you may have noticed that the unsightly old message boards at the entrances to Glenayre have been removed.  The GCA would like to thank longtime resident, Paul Dunseith, who procured a small excavator and dump trailer and volunteered his expertise to remove and get the old signs to the recycling centre.  Thanks for your help Paul! The building permit has been received from City of Port Moody and fabrication of the new signs has commenced.  The new signs will be installed in late spring! 


ANNUAL GLENAYRE EASTER EGG HUNT

Sorry for those who could not attend this year’s Easter Egg Hunt.  Despite the weather we had over 170 kids attend. Congratulations to Dave Rurak, the winner of our 50/50 Draw*.   We want to thank Dave for promptly donating a big chunk of his winnings back to the GCA, thanks Dave!  This year’s event was sponsored by SHAW BAKER REALTORS who has been providing real estate services in the  community for many years. For more information about their services, please go to,  http://www.shawbakerrealtors.ca/.  For the Shaw Baker Team, Glenayre is more than a real estate market they do business in, it’s also where they call home.  

This years event was also supported by DUFFERIN CARE CENTRE who donated the cute stuffed animals for the prize draw. The Dufferin Care Centre offers seniors a variety of independent and assisted living options in BC, Alberta and Quebec. E-mail duff.info@retirementconcepts.com for more information.  

The TIM HORTONS on United Blvd. donated lots of yummy TimBits and new this year, the McDONALDS on Clarke Road donated donuts and two large thermoses of coffee for everyone to enjoy.  We want to thank everyone who volunteered to make this year’s event so successful, THANK YOU EVERYONE!                                                                      (*gaming event lic. #139966).

 

THE GLENAYRE FAMILY PICNIC IS BACK!

Save The Date: July 8 the popular Glenayre Family Picnic is being held at our Art Wilkinson Park.  The event will be hosted by local volunteers with the support of your GCA.  The event will include a BBQ, ice cream treats, games, activities for all ages, music and much more.  Further details to follow in June.  If you’re interested in helping at this event, or you would like to suggest some activities to include, please contact us at GCA.contact@gmail.com

PORT MOODY CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE THIS WEEKEND!!!

Start cleaning out the crawl space! Port Moody’s City-Wide Garage Sale happens on Saturday, April 22, 2023. This is a great opportunity to give away gently used goods your family no longer uses.  Bargain hunters: look for a list of participating households online at the City Of Port Moody City-Wide Garage Sale Map - fingers crossed for good weather... or at least tolerable rain!

09 APR 2023: 1st Glenayre Scouts Bottle Drive

1st Glenayre Scouts will be picking up refundable beverage containers on April 15 - you can leave your containers in a bag that is clearly tagged for 1st Glenayre Scouts or drop your bags off at Glenayre Elementary School - with a BIG thank you from the Scouts.

08 Apr 2023: Our neighbourhood renewal project is UNDERWAY!

The City of Port Moody granted approval for the Glenayre Community Association to replace our signboards! 

The GCA did some long overdue spring cleaning on Friday with the help of Paul Dunseith, a local resident who sourced a small excavator and dump trailer to help the GCA remove and dispose the old message boards from Glenayre.  We should be able to pick up our building permit and start fabrication of our new signs in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for updates!

08 Apr 2023: REMINDER TO REGISTER - PORT MOODY CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE

Start cleaning out the crawl space! Port Moody’s City-Wide Garage Sale happens on Saturday, April 22, 2023.  Register your house address by April 10 to get your address listed online and in the Tri-City News at no cost to you. This is a great opportunity to give away gently used goods your family no longer uses.  Bargain hunters: look for a list of participating households online at the City Of Port Moody web site after April 12, 2023.  We’ll post the link on this page - stay tuned!!

ANNUAL GLENAYRE EASTER EGG HUNT

Such a great turnout at yesterday’s Annual Glenayre Easter Egg Hunt! Grateful thank you to all of our volunteers including our local Scouts, and to our event sponsors, Shaw Baker Realtors, and to YOU, our neighbours and friends who make up our unique and special community! Thank you all for coming out to support and make this a great event, even in the rain. See additional photos on the GCA Glenayre in Photos page!

Thank you to all those who contributed your annual $25 membership dues which helps make it possible for your Community Association to continue hosting events like this one!

If you didn’t get a chance to contribute  you can still easily do so - please see options at GCA Contribute 2023 Dues page in the column to the left. 

Congratulations to the lucky winner of our first ever 50/50 fundraiser draw who walked away with $250 in his pocket!

Looking forward to next year's EASTER EGG HUNT event!

23 MAR 2023:

ANNUAL GLENAYRE EASTER EGG HUNT

We are thrilled to kick off the Easter long weekend once again with our traditional Easter Egg Hunt at the Art Wilkinson Park on Friday, April 7th, at 10:30 AM.  The GCA Executive is very happy to announce we now have an event sponsor Shaw Baker Realtors who  have been providing local real estate services in our neighbourhood for many years and we are grateful for their support. 

One of the suggestions we received from our community members to raise funds was to have a 50/50 Draw - so we are doing just that at this year’s Easter Egg Hunt!  3 tickets for $5.00, with a potential winnings of $250.00! So rub that lucky rabbit’s foot and bring some extra cash. The 50/50 Draw is for people 19 years and older. Good luck to all!  

We will be kicking off our 2023 GCA Membership Drive so please bring cash or a cheque for $25.00 payable to the Glenayre Community Association.  See below for details.

Please make sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before the event starts and don’t forget to bring an Easter basket to put all your chocolate eggs!  The Easter Egg Hunt is for kids age 0 to 10.  

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

As always, a membership table will be set up at the Easter Egg Hunt to collect your annual GCA dues on April 7 from 10 to 11:30 AM.  You can pay by cash or cheque and *new this year* you can “tap” to pay electronically.  2023 member dues are $25.00.  You can also pay your membership fees by e-transfer. Click on the CONTRIBUTE 2023 dues tab on the left column of this page.  We made it easier to do an e-transfer from your bank to the Glenayre Community Association:

·       Use this email: membership@myglenayre.ca

·       In the MESSAGE section, please provide your full street address so we know you have paid.

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR BUSINESS PARTNERS - see our local Port Moody Business Partners 

PORT MOODY CITY-WIDE GARAGE SALE

Start cleaning out the crawl space! Port Moody’s City-Wide Garage Sale happens on Saturday, April 22, 2023.  Register your house address by April 10 to get your address listed online and in the Tri-City News at no cost to you. This is a great opportunity to give away gently used goods your family no longer uses.  Bargain hunters: look for a list of participating households online at the City Of Port Moody web site after April 12, 2023.  We’ll post the link on this page - stay tuned!!

GLENAYRE FACEBOOK PAGE - is finally up and running!  Please check us out at facebook.com/myglenayre 


PAPER NEWSLETTER

If you asked to be removed from the paper new letter delivery, this will take effect in May.  You can opt back in to receive the paper version of the newsletter at CONTACT US. For those receiving the paper delivery, you can also sign up to our e-mail list so you can receive electronic special alerts or news items that arise inbetween the monthly paper newsletter deliveries.  To subscribe to the GCA e-mail list or to receive the e-newsletter, CONTACT US with your name, street address, and e-mail address.

INLET SPRING REGATTA

Check out the Inlet Spring Regatta on Saturday April 29, 2023 from 9AM to 5PM at Rocky Point Park for Dragon Boat Races, foods trucks, Beer Garden and more!

GLENAYRE LAWN ROLLERS

Our two lawn rollers were not returned at the end of last summer.  If you have one of the lawn rollers please contact Chris Anderson at (604) 562-3469 or CONTACT US - THANKS!

16 Mar 2023:  GCA Scholarship 2023 applications are now open!

Do you live in Glenayre? Are you graduating from high school in the spring of 2023? Do you plan to attend an accredited post-secondary institution? The GCA is continuing its scholarship tradition with a competition for up to $1,000.00 towards post-secondary education. The GCA Scholarship 2023 application process lays out the specific requirements. The application deadline is April 28 at 11:59 PM. Best of luck to all applicants!

18 Feb 2023 - GLENAYRE PARK UPGRADES:

The executive would like thank City of Port Moody staff for the great job they did replacing the “Tot House” in the Art Wilkinson Park playground.   The City will be doing work to improve drainage around the patio area of the Community Centre.  The $130,000 renovation and upgrades to the Ailsa Spray Park are expected to begin in early spring 2023.  Hopefully the improved Spray Park will be up and running before the first heatwave of the summer.  

The Stoney Creek upgrades in Ailsa Park are to be completed by end of spring. New fencing is to be installed around new (2022) plantings.  Future streambank protection works (2023/2024) will include the addition of new vegetation and soil stabilization measures.  Parents are asked to keep their kids from playing in the ravine area and to explain that it is an environmentally sensitive area.  Hopefully, one day we will have salmon come back to spawn in the creek.

 17 Feb 2023 - NEWS: 

IMPORTANT SEAVIEW NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANNING WORKSHOP:

How will Port Moody’s Seaview neighbourhood evolve over the next 30 years? The City invites you to join them at the Glenayre Community Centre, Saturday, March 4, 2023 from 2pm to 4pm for a workshop that is part of the Port Moody 2050, public input process.  You’ll have an opportunity to learn about proposed key directions for topics of interest as they relate to the Seaview neighbourhood. Topics may include: Neighbourhood character, housing, amenities, parks, transportation, and more.

Please visit the Port Moody 2050 project page at engage.portmoody.ca to register for the March 4 workshop. 

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/seaview-neighbourhood-workshop-tickets-543151479697


WILDLIFE AWARENESS PRESENTATION:

The City is holding a Wildlife awareness presentation, hosted by the Stanley Park Ecological Society (SPES) at the Glenayre Community Centre on March 3 from 7 TO 8 PM.   Come take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the wildlife in our area and how we can better coexist with our furry and feathered friends.  Please take note that there has been a cougar sighting in the Seaview/ Glenayre area. 

THE TRI CITIES NEWS NEEDS YOUR HELP:

As we all know, the Tri Cities News has been informing and serving our community for many years.  Having a paper that focuses on local news and events is a huge benefit to our residents and local businesses.    Currently there is a delivery route in Glenayre that has not had a delivery person for several months.  This is a great opportunity to not only get some exercise and fresh air, buts it’s a great way to provide a valuable service to our neighborhood, not to mention put a few bucks in your pocket!  Below is the route information for the carrier requirement in Glenayre and the contact information for paper’s circulation department.  

Route# 2601 6047: Ailsa Avenue, Fenwick Wynd, Glencoe Drive, Weldon Court = 65 papers

Circulation phone Number: 604-472-3040  Circulation Email: circulation@tricitynews.com 

ANNUAL GLENAYRE EASTER EGG HUNT:

Save the date, Good Friday is early this year.  The annual Glenayre Easter Egg Hunt at the Art Wilkinson Park will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday April 7, 2023.  Make sure to show up at least 15 minutes early with an Easter basket to put your chocolate eggs in.  We have a new attraction and a new event sponsor which we look forward to announcing next month.  If you want to volunteer to at this event you may contact us at: GCA.contact@gmail.com

34th EDITION OF THE FESTIVAL DU BOIS:

On March 24, 25 & 26th, at Mackin Park, Festival du Bois is celebrating French-Canadian food, song, dance, and other culturally significant activities. This Maillardville Music & Culture Festival is a very popular event for local families, with shows and a tent specifically aimed at entertaining kids of all ages.  Visit the Métis Village Experience on site at Festival du Bois to enjoy, explore, learn and appreciate the rich Métis history, art, culture, perspectives, language and tradition that have been part of this country for over 200 years.  If you would like to show off your French language skills or just lend a hand, they are looking for volunteers.  To buy tickets on line tickets, event details and times or to volunteer go to: https://www.festivaldubois.caYou may also volunteer by contacting the volunteer coordinator, Geneviève Lalonde at:  genevieve@maillardville.com or by phone, 604- 515-7070.

BOARD GAMES & TEA:

On Saturday, March 25 between 12 to 3:30 PM,  The Port Moody Station Museum is hosting an event in its old passenger rail car called “Board Games and Tea”.   The train can hold 32 people at a time, and we will have two outside tables for an additional 8 guests. Reservations are recommended and can be made at boardgamesandtea604@gmail.com  Reservations will be in two blocks: Block 1 12PM-1:30PM, and Block 2 1:30PM-3PM.  Kids are welcome. Please specify the age of your child when making your reservation so they can ensure there is a game suitable for your party. They will have kid-friendly drinks on the train.  Museum Donation: $10 per person (includes approximately 90 mins of playing time and a tea of your choice from our selection)

  

WE’VE ALMOST MADE IT:

Well winter started with a bang, setting new records for cold temperatures.  Based on the long-range weather forecast at the time of writing this article, Ms. Winter’s final hooray should bring one last blast of winter weather (end of February) about the time you’re reading this and then we should be in the home stretch, the spring equinox occurs on Monday, March 20, 2023.  

HAPPY SAINT PATRICK’S DAY!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!  Unless you’ve been living under the Blarney Stone you already know that March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day.  Affectionately known as St. Paddy’s Day or St. Patty’s Day, it’s the one day each year that everyone and anyone can call themselves Irish – if not by birthright, then in spirit.  The most notable tradition that has lasted over the years with many others is the tradition of wearing "green" - people must wear at least one item of green clothing.  If someone doesn't wear the traditional color, other people are allowed to pinch that person.

The traditional Saint Patrick's Day food of Canada is corned beef and cabbage.  People across Canada and the USA visit pubs and bars to celebrate with others.  Drinking is a huge part of the celebrations. This appears to be a modern North American phenomenon not firmly rooted in Irish tradition. But the Irish are not complaining. When they first came to North America, the Irish were rejected and despised, now everyone wants to be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. How great is that? CHEERS! Sláinte!

PROPOSED CHANGES BY NAV CANADA:

If you are concerned about the changes proposed by NAV Canada which would move flight paths for YVR over our neighborhood and would like to be active about voicing your disapproval of the NAV Canada proposal, you can learn more and there is an online petition you can sign at:  https://nooverflights.com/

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21 Jan 2023 - NEWS:

For more timely notifications from the GCA, please sign up to our electronic mailing list for important notifications and to receive our new electronic newsletters, please e-mail GCA.contact@gmail.com to register.

COMMUNITY WALK FOR CHARITY

It’s cold and damp out there, but rain or shine, all are invited for a walk in our neighbourhood on February 25 at 4:00 PM.  We will gather outside the doors of the Glenayre Community Centre and begin walking from there, leaving no later than 4:10 PM. Our circular route, on sidewalks, is about 2 km. February is typically the coldest month of the year, and our objective is to raise awareness of the challenges of homelessness in this climate. We encourage donations of any amount to RainCity Housing, a charity that operates shelters in the Tri Cities. This is an opportunity to connect with your neighbours, show your support for those less fortunate, and meet other walkers of all ages. Please dress comfortably for the weather. Hope to see you there!     https://www.raincityhousing.org/

SHOP LOCAL

A quick reminder to support our business partners who in turn support our community, the Port Moody Liquor Store (2929 St. Johns) donates 5% of your purchase to the GCA, Me-N-Eds gives back 20% to the GCA for orders placed on the first Thursday of each month and Mulino Foods give 10% discounts to our residents every Monday.  As we enter what is expected to be a turbulent economy in 2023, please try to support all of the businesses in Port Moody.  On the City web site there is a business directory for you to reference so you can see all the products and services that are available locally.  Go to: https://businessdirectory.portmoody.ca/ for a complete list of Port Moody businesses.

NEW YVR FLIGHT PATHS MAY EFFECT GLENAYRE

Thanks to a concerned resident it has been brought to our attention that NAV Canada, whose core business is to provide air navigation services, is proposing changes to approach procedures at Vancouver International Airport including changes to some of the arrival routes further away from the airport.  It would appear these changes will bring air traffic closer to if not directly over Glenayre.  For further information and maps of current and proposed flight paths, please go to: www.navcanada.ca/VAMP

SASAMAT POND

Mario Bartel of the Tri Cities News recently wrote an article about the possibility of water levels at Sasamat Lake dropping by two metres if a dam, that's next to the Sasamat Outdoor Centre, is removed. The dam was originally built by Imperial Oil about 100 years ago to collect water for use at its refinery in nearby Ioco. It was replaced by a new dam in the 1960s. An inspection of the dam in 2019 that discovered some seepage has the company considering its options, Ali Tejpar, the project manager for the oil company, stated.  While decommissioning the dam is one possibility, Tejpar said Imperial Oil could also build a new dam in the same location that would include a new pedestrian bridge.  Metro Vancouver Regional Parks stated they would like to preserve the visitor experience, which involves ensuring water quality, beach experience and other key features such as ‘dog rock’ and the floating walkway are not diminished.  

Mayor Lahti noted, “Any change, particularly in the interface where people recreate on or near the lake will bring concerns”.  She also noted that it’s not just Port Moody, but the entire Metro Region, see this area as an important integral recreation and environmentally significant area.  Our Mayor said she hopes Imperial Oil will expand its engagement to include the general public as well and she even offered city space to host consultation and information meetings. 

Tejpar stated a final decision on the dam’s future is still a ways off as Imperial Oil continues to collect feedback although in the Tri Cities News article he conceded there’s no immediate plan to engage the public at large: “We want to make a fact and data-driven decision."  Keep an eye on this story as it develops.

 REMINDER TO ALL 2023 GRADS

As we draw closer to the end of the 2023 school year that means there is a $1,000 grant up for Glenayre grads who plan on going on to post secondary school, but will anyone qualify?  If you’re graduating from high school this year its worth noting the most significant factor to winning the Glenayre Scholarship Award is volunteering within our community.  So, how many driveways did you clear for your neighbours this past snow fall?  Will you be coming out to help at the easter egg hunt?  Will you volunteer to come help remove our old message boards when the new ones are ready early spring?  Time is running out to improve your chances so get involved now. Stay tuned for application process!

18 Jan 2023 - learn about the proposed key directions for Official Community Plan 

As part of Port Moody 2050, the City of Port Moody wants to gather public input and draft updates to our city’s Official Community Plan; you are invited to participate in a community dialogue session in February 2023. The City is hosting four sessions – three in-person and one online – to provide an opportunity for residents to learn about proposed key directions for Official Community Plan (OCP) updates and engage in round-table discussions with other attendees on topics of interest such as parks, transportation, and housing. 

The Port Moody 2050 Community Dialogues are happening on the following dates:


Please visit the Port Moody 2050 project page at engage.portmoody.ca to register for the session that best fits your schedule. Free childcare will be available on a first come, first served basis at all in-person community dialogue sessions – please call 604-469-4556 to register for this service. 

Visit engage.portmoody.ca to learn more and register to participate.